Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Charles Sheeler Took Masterly Photos, and Then an Unwise Leap
By Blake Gopnik @ Washington Post
Every last move an artist makes -- every last move -- has social and political implications. Draw a female nude, and you're not just depicting an attractive chunk of biomass. You're invoking the entire history of gender politics, and how that has panned out in art. Choose to paint in watercolor, and you're not just working in a pretty medium. You're calling to mind a whole bunch of associations that watercolor has with decorous gentility. You can fight those associations; your work might even manage to outshout them. But you can't pretend such social realities, or your struggle against them, simply aren't present in your art.
Posted by David Emerick at 12:49 PM